With the continued rise of security threats, life science organizations must prepare a comprehensive protection program prioritizing their most important asset—research data. At this upcoming live virtual event, Protecting Research Data in Today’s Threat Landscape, discussion topics will introduce the current threat landscape and associated economic and legal risks that research organizations are confronted with. Attorney, investigator, and bioengineer David Fernicola will highlight unique use cases, focusing on how organizations can safeguard their research data and what solutions are the most effective.

Wednesday, August 16th, 2023 | 11 AM EDT


David is an attorney, investigator, bioengineer, and a trusted advisor. He was a Special Agent with the FBI for over 15 years, deployed both domestically and internationally. He served as a case agent, legal advisor, coordinator, instructor, and training agent for complex investigations involving violations of RICO, ITAR, intellectual property, extortion, money laundering, cyber, witness tampering, and corruption. David managed FBI Miami’s, Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC), a strategic collaboration with the private sector to protect employees, assets, infrastructure, and proprietary information.

Prior to joining the FBI, David worked as an attorney and technology transfer professional. He worked all aspects of the technology transfer process, including: managing and seeking protection for intellectual property and writing detailed memoranda on new invention disclosures, drafting and negotiating various agreements and licenses with academic and biotechnology institutions and identified and resolved issues with government agencies.

After his career with the FBI, David was a Vice President with one of the largest private security firms in the world. He worked closely with multinational companies to develop and implement security solutions. David is the founder of Gavel & Lock LLC, which works with global organizations, to identify and address their physical and digital investigative, security and risk challenges.

David is a graduate of the FBI Academy and a recipient of multiple awards, including: Investigator of the Year, two (2) Citation for Special Achievement and the BG Richard T. Ellis USA Award. David has a J.D. from Syracuse University; M.S. in Bioengineering from Syracuse University; and B.S. in Biology from William Paterson University. He is an invited speaker at universities, corporations, associations and government agencies.

David Fernicola

Founder, Gavel & Lock LLC

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